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a special message from first lady michelle obama that we would like to share. >> hello everyone. i am pleased to kick off this series d telling the lives of america's first ladies. in the coming weeks you will have the chance to learn about the stories, achievements, and legacy of these truly a remarkable women. as you watch i am sure you will begin to see why i am so honored and humbled to follow in their footsteps. working on causes ranging from the trustee to women's rights to environmental stewardship, each of these would then left their own indelible stamp on the white house and on our nation's history. like them i found that this role offers an extraordinary opportunity to give back and make a real and lasting difference in people's lives. for me that has meant help our kids lead healthier lives, working to get our military families the benefits and support they earn, opening the white house to as many people as possible, and encouraging all of our young people to achieve every one of their dreams. no matter what causes we take on as first ladies we have all shared the singular
of the election of president obama, what we saw is that in iowa and in florida, those two states, through executived offer, repealed those positive -- through executive order, repealed those positive steps forward to make it almost impossible for those who had brushes with the law to ever be able to re-engage in the ability to participate in american democracy. . these were laws that were passed, although because of the section 5 preclearance requirement, not all of these laws actually were able to take effect. that's an important point. as it relates to the continuing relevance of section 5 preclearance requirement. now, as of october in 20 is it -- 23012, approximately 12 courts -- 2012, approximately 12 courts either halted or blunted, they pushed back some of those laws that states had attempted to enact. perhaps the most relevant example of why section 5 continues to be relevant, mr. speaker, is what took place in the lone star state, great state of texas, where the legislature had passed what would have been the most restrictive voter identification law in the country. it would have
president obama at the white house. then dr. mehmet oz. ♪ >> martha washington was george washington's confidante. >> she was very capable. she did not like that. she called herself a prisoner of state. >> by the state -- by the same token -- it can be said everything marching -- martha washington did, likewise. >> it was a businesslike relationship. not without affection. a deep respect for each other. >> she owned most of the whole block, going back a couple of acres. she owns a huge chunk of what williamsburg was. >> there was a lot of tragedy in martha what washington's life. >> she was raised a rich woman. that is not necessarily what it means today. >> she brought with her to mount vernon 12 house place. that is almost an unimaginable luxuries. >> it takes for 10 days to travel here in her carriage. this is a difficult journey. >> her experience had prepared her to become the first lady. >> martha washington was 57 years old in 1789 when she and george washington left their beloved virginia home in service to the country. this time, the destination was new york city. they began
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